Don't be fooled by the stretchy fabric and elasticated waists - as well as being incredibly comfortable and easy to wear, leggings are more popular than ever before. A great fashion staple, they're versatile, conveniently inexpensive and weather appropriate all year round. Whether you have just discovered this fashion basic or you're a seasoned expert, here's some helpful tips on how to wear leggings from style blogger Chic at any age - and some styles to inspire your next outfit...
Despite their simple appearance, leggings should be approached with a certain degree of caution as they are not always the easiest of garments to wear successfully. The good news is that by following a few straight-forward rules, you can easily avoid any embarrassing sartorial “faux pas”.
Longer length leggings elongate your legs and have a slimming effect - perfect for shirts and tunic dresses where a lot of leg is on show. These works well with black, white and grey outfits - pair with boots and a long cardigan to complete the look.
Shorter length leggings are great for sunny days when it's still a tad chilly. Perfect for sculpted dresses such as wraps, this length is particularly suitable for those who with slim calves and go very well with heels and wedge shoes.
Patterned leggings may bring up images of dance aerobics classes and rainbow-coloured legs, but they need not look outdated. By pairing them with textured clothing such as knits and complimentary patterns, these types of leggings can really liven up an outfit. For the best results, stick to colours that match your outfit and go with your skin tone.